Bhutan Data Analysis Workshop

This five-day workshop was held from the 4th to the 8th September at Hotel Migmar, Thimpu, Bhutan for members of the Bhutan CIPs. Twenty-one participants attended from the Bhutanese public health and animal health sectors.



  • Dr Alberto Allepuz, DVM, PhD: Centre Recerca Sanitat Animal (CReSA), and Departamento de Sanidad y Anatomia Animal Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Allepuz is a veterinary epidemiologist whose research focuses on the study of infectious diseases on animals and control strategies. He has extensive experience teaching epidemiology and analysis of animal health data, and with conducting analyses in Epi Info.

  • Dr Patricia Priest, MBChB, MPH, DPhil: Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Dr Priest is a public health epidemiologist with research interests mainly in infectious disease and public health interventions to reduce them. She has extensive experience teaching epidemiology and analysis of public health data.

Day 1: Wednesday 4th September

Participants were introduced to the trainers and to each other. Basic epidemiological concepts and calculations, and the use of the Epi-Info program were also introduced.

Day 2: Thursday 5th September

This day covered data cleaning, including particular issues relating to different variable types, and summarising the descriptive epidemiology of a disease.

Day 3: Friday 6th September

More complex concepts were discussed, including statistical inference, precision, measures of association, confounding, and stratified analysis. The ‘virtual dashboard’ feature of Epi-Info was introduced.

Day 4: Saturday 7th September

  • Participants divided into groups and, with support from the trainers, performed some basic descriptive analyses of CIP and other datasets supplied by participants:
  • Hospital attendances for rabies PEP
  • Hydatids (echinococcosis) in carcases collected at slaughter or importation points in Bhutan.
  • Piglet mortality data
  • BAFRA import/export data
  • Household study of dog ownership patterns

Groups were multidisciplinary except for the one analysing BAFRA data, which was comprised solely of BAFRA staff. The group members worked well together and the mix of sectors within groups promoted awareness of the types of data collected by the other sector. In addition, at the request of a small group of participants, Dr Allepuz provided a brief introduction to regression analysis and they spent the day practicing this with the PEP data.

Day 5: Saturday 8th September

Participants presented the results of their analyses to the whole group, and discussed by the trainers and others in the group. This provided a useful opportunity to reinforce some of the concepts learned earlier in the course. Also, investigators on an evaluation of One Health collaboration in Bhutan, which has yet to collect data, presented the outline of their study and led a discussion about the design of their questionnaire.